Leo Gestel is generally referred to as one of the great Dutch Modern artists, a title he bears ex aequo with Jan Sluijters. Leo Gestel was a painter, both in oil and watercolour, and he drew, predominantly landscapes, figures, still-lifes and flowers. He created his own style, heavily influenced by impressionism, luminism, fauvism and cubism.
From 1915, Leo Gestel worked in the picturesque Dutch village Bergen, and was a representative of the artist movement of the Bergen School. He was also a revered member of artist society Arti et Amicitiae in Amsterdam. Leo Gestel’s works can be found in the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Haags Gemeentemuseum and in many, many other collections, both national as well as international.